Southwest Bancorp Inc. Reports 45% Increase in Net Income Available to Common Shareholders

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

STILLWATER, Okla., Jan. 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southwest Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:OKSB) (Nasdaq:OKSBP), ("Southwest"), today reported 2010 annual net income available to common shareholders of $12.8 million compared to $8.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2009, an increase of 45%. On a per share basis, 2010 annual net income available to common shareholders was $0.71 per diluted share compared to $0.60 per diluted share for the year 2009, an increase of 18%. Per share earnings reflect additional shares issued in our $54.3 million second quarter 2010 common stock offering. Total net income for 2010 was $17.0 million compared to $13.0 million for 2009, an increase of 31%.

Net income available to common shareholders for the fourth quarter 2010 was $3.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010 and $2.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009.   

Rick Green, Southwest Bancorp's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The 2010 results put us in a position to gain momentum in 2011. Earnings for the fourth quarter were driven by stable net interest income, controlled noninterest expense, and a decrease in the required provision for loan losses. 

The Board of Directors and management are dedicated to the resolution of problem credits, the maintenance of capital and liquidity, stability in net interest income, and control of operating expenses. We continue to manage our loan portfolio with our ongoing, disciplined workout process focused on addressing the challenges of the commercial real estate construction and commercial mortgage sectors. Noncovered nonperforming assets at year-end were down $26.6 million, or 16%, from September 30, 2010. Our allowance for loan losses to noncovered nonperforming loans ratio was 61% at year-end 2010, compared with 53% at September 30, 2010 and 59% at year-end 2009. 

In the fourth quarter, we resolved, through pay-offs and charge-offs, approximately $33.4 million in nonaccrual loans, sold approximately $4.7 million of other real estate, moved approximately $7.0 million into other real estate, and classified an additional $14.8 million as nonaccrual. 

Our noncovered potential problem loans decreased by $42.8 million, or 16%, from their historical quarterly high at March 31, 2010. This decrease reflects fourth quarter 2010 activity of approximately $40.2 million in upgrades, a move of approximately $13.4 million to nonaccrual status, and the addition of $52.8 million to the category.  We are encouraged that the state economic factors for our principal markets in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas continue to outperform most of the nation and we continue to make loans in each of our markets with an emphasis on health care lending and carefully controlled real estate collateralized credits.

Our second quarter common stock offering gave us new common equity and we continue to build additional common equity from our core earnings. Southwest and its banking subsidiaries have maintained capital levels that substantially exceed the minimums for regulatory "well-capitalized" status. At December 31, 2010 Southwest's total regulatory capital was $477.9 million for a total risk-based capital ratio of 19.06%, and Tier 1 capital was $446.0 million for a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 17.78%." 

Please review the following discussion and the attached financial tables for important additional information regarding our financial condition and performance.


Financial Overview

Condition: Total assets were $2.8 billion at December 31, 2010, a decrease of 9% from December 31, 2009. At December 31, 2010 total loans were $2.4 billion, a decrease of 9% from December 31, 2009.

At December 31, 2010 the allowance for loan losses was $65.2 million, an increase of 5% from December 31, 2009, and represented 2.80% of noncovered portfolio loans versus 2.46% at December 31, 2009. The methodology used to determine the appropriate amount of the allowance for loan losses at a particular time includes consideration of risk factors related to Southwest and to our markets including regular assessments of national and local economic conditions and trends. Provisions for loan losses are recorded in the amount necessary to maintain the allowance at the level management deems appropriate. 

Excluding assets subject to loss sharing agreements with the FDIC ("covered assets"), nonperforming assets, consisting of nonaccrual loans, loans past due by 90 days or more and still accruing, and other real estate, were $144.8 million and 6.11% of portfolio loans and other real estate as of December 31, 2010, down $26.6 million from September 30, 2010. A breakdown of noncovered portfolio loans and noncovered nonperforming assets at December 31, 2010 by type is shown in the following table:

Excluding covered loans, nonaccrual loans were $106.6 million as of December 31, 2010, a decrease of $28.6 million, or 21%, from September 30, 2010, and an increase of $0.7 million, or 1%, from December 31, 2009. These loans are carried at their estimated collectible amounts and no longer accrue interest. Noncovered loans 90 days or more past due were $0.5 million as of December 31, 2010. These loans are deemed to have sufficient collateral and are in the process of collection. 

Impaired loans, which include nonaccrual and restructured loans, are evaluated on an individual basis using the discounted present value of expected cash flows, the fair value of collateral, or the market value of the loan, and a specific allowance is recorded to reflect the appropriate net realizable value. Collateral dependent loans are evaluated for impairment based upon the fair value of the collateral. Charge-offs against the allowance for impaired loans are made when and to the extent amounts are deemed uncollectible. 

Performing loans that have been restructured to provide a reduction or deferral of interest or principal due to a weakening in the financial position of the borrower were $2.2 million at December 31, 2010, compared to $5.3 million at September 30, 2010.

Excluding covered loans, performing loans considered potential problem loans, which are not included in the past due or nonaccrual categories but for which known information about possible credit problems cause management to be uncertain as to the continued ability of the borrowers to comply with the present loan repayment terms in future periods, amounted to $233.1 million at December 31, 2010, a decrease of $3.7 million from September 30, 2010 and $25.3 million from December 31, 2009. Potential problem loans are subject to continuing management attention and are considered by management in determining the level of the allowance for loan losses. 

Year-to-date Results:

Summary: The $4.0 million increase in our net income available to common shareholders from 2009 was the result of an $8.6 million increase in net interest income driven by an improved net interest margin and a $3.6 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, offset in part by a $3.4 million decrease in noninterest income, a $2.8 million increase in noninterest expense, and a $2.1 million increase in income tax expense. 

Net Interest Income: Net interest income totaled $107.3 million for 2010, compared to $98.7 million for 2009, an increase of $8.6 million, or 9%. Year-to-date net interest margin was 3.67% for 2010, compared to 3.38% for 2009. Included in 2010 year-to-date net interest income was $1.0 million of net recoveries from the resolution of nonperforming loans and additional discount accretion on loans and the loss share receivable, offset in part by interest reversals on nonaccrual loans. Included in 2009 year-to-date net interest income was a recovery of $3.0 million in interest from the successful resolution of a nonperforming loan and additional discount accretion on loans and the loss share receivable. These net recoveries increased year-to-date interest margin by 3 basis points and 10 basis points for 2010 and 2009, respectively.   

Provision for Loan Losses and Net Charge-Offs: The provision for loan losses totaled $35.6 million for 2010, compared to $39.2 million for 2009. Net charge-offs totaled $32.7 million, or 1.29% of average portfolio loans as of December 31, 2010, compared to $16.5 million, or 0.63% of average portfolio loans as of December 31, 2009.

Noninterest Income: Noninterest income totaled $18.6 million for 2010, compared to $21.9 million for 2009. The decrease in noninterest income was primarily the result of a $3.3 million one-time gain on the FDIC-assisted acquisition that was recorded in the prior year.

Noninterest Expense: Noninterest expense totaled $63.6 million for 2010, compared to $60.9 million for 2009.  The increase consisted of a $2.1 million increase in other real estate expense, a $1.7 million increase in other general and administrative expense, and a $0.6 million increase in personnel expense, offset in part by a $1.4 million decrease in provision for unfunded loan commitments and a $0.5 million decrease in occupancy expense.

Fourth Quarter Results:

Summary: Net income available to common shareholders was $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2010 and $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The increase from the third quarter of 2010 was the result of a $4.7 million decrease in the provision for loan losses and a $0.5 million increase in net interest income, offset in part by a $2.2 million decrease in noninterest income, a $1.4 million increase in noninterest expense, and a $1.2 million increase in income taxes. The increase from the fourth quarter of 2009 was the result of a $3.4 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, offset in part by a $0.8 million increase in noninterest expense, a $0.6 million increase in income taxes, and a $0.4 million decrease in noninterest income. 

Net Interest Income: Net interest income totaled $27.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $26.5 million for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of $0.5 million, or 2%, and $27.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 3%.  Net interest margin was 3.82% for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 3.63% for the third quarter of 2010 and 3.71% for the fourth quarter of 2009.  Included in the fourth quarter of 2010 net interest margin was a net recovery of $0.5 million from the resolution of nonperforming loans and the quarterly adjustment of the discount accretion on loans and the loss share receivable. Included in the third quarter 2010 net interest margin was a net reduction of $0.3 million from the interest reversals on nonaccrual loans offset by the quarterly adjustment of the discount accretion on loans and the loss share receivable. Included in the fourth quarter 2009 net interest margin was a $1.0 million net adjustment of the discount accretion on loans and the loss share receivable. The net effects of these adjustments on net interest margin were a 7 basis point increase, a 5 basis point decrease, and a 13 basis point increase for the each quarter, respectively.     

Provision for Loan Losses and Net Charge-Offs: The provision for loan losses totaled $7.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $12.0 million for the third quarter of 2010 and $10.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.  Net charge-offs totaled $14.5 million, or 2.35% (annualized) of average portfolio loans for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $6.6 million, or 1.05% (annualized) of average portfolio loans for the third quarter of 2010 and $6.0 million, or 0.89% (annualized) of average portfolio loans for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Noninterest Income: Noninterest income totaled $4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $6.3 million for the third quarter of 2010 and $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.  The decrease in noninterest income from the third quarter of 2010 was primarily the result of a $2.5 million decrease in gain on sale of securities, and the decrease from the fourth quarter of 2009 was primarily the result of a $0.3 million decrease in gain on sale of loans. 

Noninterest Expense: Noninterest expense totaled $16.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $15.4 million for the third quarter of 2010 and $16.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.  The increase from third quarter 2010 consisted of a $1.0 million increase in other real estate expense and a $0.3 million increase in personnel expense. The increase from fourth quarter 2009 consisted of a $1.2 million increase in other real estate expense, offset in part by a $0.5 million decrease in the provision for unfunded loan commitments and $0.4 million decrease in occupancy expense. 

Southwest Bancorp and Subsidiaries

Southwest is the bank holding company for Stillwater National Bank and Trust Company ("Stillwater National") and Bank of Kansas. Through its subsidiaries, Southwest offers commercial and consumer lending, deposit and investment services, specialized cash management, and other financial services from offices in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, and on the Internet, through SNB DirectBanker®. We were organized in 1981 as the holding company for Stillwater National, which was chartered in 1894. At December 31, 2010 we had total assets of $2.8 billion, deposits of $2.3 billion, and shareholders' equity of $377.8 million.

Our area of expertise focuses on the special financial needs of healthcare and health professionals, businesses and their managers and owners, and commercial and commercial real estate borrowers. We established a strategic focus on healthcare lending in 1974. We provide credit and other services, such as deposits, cash management, and document imaging for physicians and other healthcare practitioners to start or develop their practices and finance the development and purchase of medical offices, clinics, surgical care centers, hospitals, and similar facilities. As of December 31, 2010, approximately $713.7 million, or 30%, of our noncovered loans were loans to individuals and businesses in the healthcare industry. 

We also focus on commercial real estate mortgage and construction credits. We do not focus on one-to-four family residential development loans or "spec" residential property credits. Additionally, subprime lending has never been a part of our business strategy, and our exposure to subprime loans and subprime lenders is minimal. One-to-four family mortgages account for less than 5% of total noncovered loans. As of December 31, 2010 approximately $1.8 billion, or 74%, of our noncovered loans were commercial real estate mortgage and construction loans, including $412.6 million of loans to individuals and businesses in the healthcare industry. Our commercial real estate mortgage and construction and commercial loans are concentrated in states that have experienced less adverse effects from the recession than many others.

We operate six offices in Texas, eleven offices in Oklahoma, and eight offices in Kansas. At December 31, 2010 our Texas segment accounted for $982.8 million, or 41% of total portfolio loans, followed by $871.4 million, or 37%, from our Oklahoma segment, $289.6 million, or 12%, from our Kansas segment, and $241.0 million, or 10%, from our other states segment. 

Southwest's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol OKSB. Southwest's public trust preferred securities are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol OKSBP.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release includes forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include: statements of Southwest's goals, intentions, and expectations; estimates of risks and of future costs and benefits; expectations regarding future financial performance of Southwest and its operating segments; assessments of loan quality, probable loan losses, and the amount and timing of loan payoffs; liquidity, contractual obligations, off-balance sheet risk, and interest rate risk; estimates of value of acquired assets, deposits, and other liabilities; and statements of Southwest's ability to achieve financial and other goals. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant uncertainties, because they are based upon: the amount and timing of future changes in interest rates, market behavior, and other economic conditions; future laws and regulations and accounting principles; and a variety of other matters. Because of these uncertainties, the actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. In addition, Southwest's past growth and performance do not necessarily indicate our future results.

Southwest is required under generally accepted accounting principles to evaluate subsequent events and their impact, if any, on its financial statements as of December 31, 2010 through the date its financial statements are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The December 31, 2010 financial statements will be adjusted if necessary to properly reflect the impact of subsequent events on estimates used to prepare those statements. 


CONTACT: Rick Green President & CEO Laura Robertson EVP & CFO (405) 372-2230